Nashville song plugger Linda Weathers has been charged with assault and is also being investigated for possible animal cruelty after she struck and injured bike courier Luvel Thompson with a dead cat on Tuesday.
Weathers was trying to make a point to Jenny Lindsay, a young songwriter and recent Nashville arrival, when the incident occurred. “I don’t even know where she got the cat; it was just suddenly in her hand and she was twirling it,” said Lindsay. “It was pretty wild.”
Thompson suffered a contusion to his left elbow and lacerations about his face and hands from falling off the bicycle. “It was the damnedest thing,” he mused. “I’ve been hit by eggs and rocks before, but never a tabby.”
Weathers, who maintains that the animal was already deceased when she swung it, explained: “I was trying to illustrate to the young lady the amount of competition she’s up against in this town. I assumed I’d just graze a Joe Leathers or a Skip Black to show her how many great writers there are here… I didn’t mean for this to happen.”
Ironically, the bike courier has offered to drop all charges against Mrs. Weathers if she can get a couple songs to Tim McGraw for him.
Reported by “Trailer” Parkman of Farce the Music